Blogging Carnival Tutorials – Pre-Determining the URL in a Self Hosted Blog

In blogging carnivals, it’s necessary to determine your URL (web post address) before you actually post (the post becomes live).  How do you do that?

It’s actually not so difficult.

This is a self hosted website.  You or your website designer would have created this site with  You would have found and paid the host separately.  If you have a self hosted site, your website address would be…

you need to use this tutorial.

Let’s pretend that we are writing a blog post about different homeschool curriculum ideas.  Let’s also pretend that we will be the title of our post

Homeschool Curriculum Ideas

On the top  there is a large empty rectangle.  This is where you will place your title – Homeschool Curriculum Ideas




You see on the top right you have two options.  One says visual and the other says text.  when you write your post, make sure the visual tab is selected (see red arrow).  The tab will be in the foreground (the non-clicked option will be slightly darkened).  You always want to compose a post with the visual tab in the foreground.  You use the text tab to place HTML in wordpress.  Putting HTML in wordpress will be the subject of another tutorial.  So for now, make sure the visual tab is selected.

Visual text tabs


Now, write your post.  Make sure you save often.  I have had many occasions where I have written a lot, and then the server goes down, or I get distracted and my computer is unplugged – or whatever case.  It’s annoying when you loose your work.

You write your post and put in the pictures that you want.  When you finish, it’s time to spell check and save your work and just leave it there until you publish on Carnival day.

Now, you must submit a web address for the post to the Carnival Host so that your link can be included.

In your Wordpres hosted blog, when you publish a post – the URL is a formula.




You will also see this listed as the permalink.

I wouldn’t simply just copy the permalink though, because you might not get a complete post address (especially if the link is long).  You will get something like this……surving-homeschool/

This is not a complete address- and will result in an error page when clicked.

So, for your next Blogging carnival post – that you published on July 2nd, the title of your post is…

Surviving Homeschooling

The URL (or website address) for that post will be..

It could be a .com, .org, .ws, etc.  Don’t let that fool you.

Once you have the URL of your post, you send it along to your carnival host – with the tentative draft of your post!

If you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to email me – lisa {at} squishablebaby {dot} com

or leave a blog post comment.

I would love to hear from you!


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  1. I totally get the URL part, (thanks!) but I’ve never heard of a blog carnival! I’m off to search your site to see if I can find out more. I bet I missing out on something awesome!

    • Hey Amy,
      You should totally check out the carnival. Also, I am finally getting to making the page to explain everything.
      Check it out (later in the day) cause it’s not done yet. haha!

      I hope you are having a peaceful sleep!
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  2. Thanks Lisa. I am not too good with wordpress and uses other platform. Your post helps.
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